Strictly Come Dancing launch show postponed after Queens death

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing launch show has officially been postponed, in light of The Queen ’s death.

The highly anticipated launch show for Strictly Come Dancing’s 20th series, was due to take place on Saturday 17th September, and would’ve been the first time this year’s dancing couples were revealed to the public.

However in light of The Queen’s death on Thursday 8th September the decision has been made to pull the show from its scheduled time-slot as the country continues to mourn its longest serving monarch.

The latest postponement is just one of several to hit the BBC since the Queen’s death, as they, along with several other channels including ITV changed their schedules to accommodate breaking news coverage of the sad occasion and a number of tribute programmes that celebrated the long and historic reign of the late sovereign.

Several popular shows have been affected by the schedule changes, including daytime TV such as This Morning and Loose Women, as well as soaps such as EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Prior to today’s announcement, many fans had already speculated that the pre-recorded Strictly Launch show could be postponed, as it would fall within the country’s mourning period prior to the Queen’s funeral.

TV critic Scott Bryan tweeted: “In case you are wondering, expect no new BBC programmes to be broadcast over the next few days.

“I would expect popular shows such as Strictly and Bake Off to be delayed for the foreseeable.”

Concerned Strictly fans soon commented beneath his post, with one agreeing: “Strictly doesn't start airing live until the 24th, but next Saturday's launch episode will definitely be cancelled.

“It's possible they could instead air the launch episode on the Friday night (23rd) before the first live show the following evening.”

Another commented: “More likely they'll just delay the first episode by a week, then the celebs will all compete properly the week after that.”

A total of 15 celebrities are due to compete in the show this year, including a variety of household names which include Loose Women presenter Kaye Adams, singer Matt Goss, Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton and former Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh – but fans may have to wait a little longer to see them take to the dance floor.

The Queen sadly ended her historic reign on Thursday, and came after senior members of the Royal Family rushed to Aberdeen Airport to be at her bedside at Balmoral Castle after a rare announcement was made that revealed she was under medical supervision.

She died peacefully with her son, Prince Charles and daughter Princess Anne by her side, and triggered a global sense of grief as citizens all across the world paid tribute to the monarch.

With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will now lead the UK and the Commonwealth in mourning as he became the King following his mother’s passing.


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